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The Mind of Mark DeFriest

  • Canada
  • United States
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Once known as Houdini for his multiple and improbable jailbreaks, Mark DeFriest was condemned to Florida’s worst prison after a lone psychiatrist reversed four court appointed psychiatrists and declared Mark was faking mental illness. Over 30 years later, Mark is still struggling to understand how to survive a rigid and unforgiving system, while his remaining supporters forge an unlikely alliance to argue for his freedom in front of the Florida Parole Commission. Along the way, they uncover lingering questions about whether Mark should have even been sent to prison, yet face the daunting task of explaining why a notorious troublemaker deserves to go free.

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  • Original title
    The Mind of Mark DeFriest
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Jim Butterworth, Eric Flagg, Lee Hirsch, Gabriel London, Sean Shea
  • Editing
    Jennifer Tiexiera, Peter Buntaine
  • Music
    Ronan Coleman
  • Duration
    100 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • CPH:DOX 2015
    • Starz Denver Film Festival 2015
    • Lone Star Film Festival 2015
    • Naples International Film Festival 2015
    • Key West Film Festival 2015
    • DocNYC 2015
    • Tallgrass International Film Festival 2015
    • Los Angeles Film Fest 2015
    • Hot Docs Film Festival 2015


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